In preparation of this upcoming winter, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has declared this upcoming week as Winter Weather Preparedness.
Throughout the week of November 29 through December 5, McCrory encourages residents to update their emergency supply kits and review their emergency plans within their homes.
According to a press release from McCrory's Office of Communications, North Carolina's Piedmont averages six to 12 winter events each year consisting of various amounts of snow, sleet, or freezing rain.
The press release describes North Carolina's winter as "unpredictable," according to a quote by Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry.
The National Weather Service has predicted an increased chance for above-normal precipitation this winter as a strong "El Nino" is expected for the entire country. Whether or not this precipitation will be rain, snow, or ice, will depend on the temperatures in the upcoming months.
N.C. residents are encouraged to pay attention to local weather stations for storm watches or warnings and to be prepared for power outages due to winter weather.
North Carolina Emergency Management officials provided a list in the press release on how to stay safe this winter:
- Keep alternative heating sources available and ready to use.
- Keep electric generators and other kerosene heaters outside and away from any entrances to your home to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Maintain a supply of working batteries, flashlights, and a battery powered radio.
- Keep an emergency kit in your car. This kit should include items such as blankets, a battery-powered radio, a first aid kit, a flashlight, and bottled water.